Cell Phone Clean Up: How to Increase Storage Space on Your Cell Phone

When was the last time you gave your device a good detox? With all we use our cell phones for–storage space and memory are precious. How many times have you gone to download the latest and greatest app or snap a quick photo, only to find that you have exceeded the storage limit?

Taking time on a regular basis to rid your device of those unwanted storage suckers will help to ensure that you’ve always got room for the important stuff.

Axe the unused apps. Go through all your apps and delete the ones you rarely or never use. Holding onto an app just because you paid for it? Don’t worry, all your purchases should be managed by the account linked to your device, whether that’s an Apple ID, Gmail account or Windows account. If you decide you want to reinstall an app later on down the road, you can download it without being charged again, as long as you’re logged into the same account.

Delete your tunes. Keeping playlists and your music library on your phone takes up major space. Have you ever heard of Spotify, Pandora, or Sound Cloud? Download them. Yes, they are apps, but using music apps can actually take up far less space than all of your playlists stored on your phone.

Selfies and Screenshots. C’mon, you know you have them. Everybody does. That cute puppy dog filter selfie that you took on Snapchat and downloaded to your phone for longevity and safe keeping, the screenshots of hilarious texts between you and your sister that you’re holding onto for a rainy day, they’re all taking up precious space. You don’t have to quit them cold turkey, just keep them under control by backing them up to the cloud or your computer and deleting them from your phone. Dropbox and Google Drive offer great free storage services as well.

Texts and emails. Text messages don’t generally take up a lot of space, but if you’re holding on to conversations that go back months filled with GIFs and images, the data adds up. If you’re using apps like What’s App and Facebook Messenger in addition to your phone’s built-in SMS, be sure to go through those as well and delete conversations.

Emails and all their attachments take up tons of space. Do you even read all of those emails? How many of them are just junk? Check out, a free service that instantly shows you a list of all your subscription emails. Unsubscribe easily from whatever you don’t want and keep the ones you do still want to receive all in one email, once a day with their feature called the Rollup.

You can save yourself a lot of space and time by regularly purging your device. Set a reminder on your calendar once a month for a good cleaning to keep your phone in tip top shape.